Travel like a Pro

For pro­duc­tiv­ity and fun on-the-go, the fea­tures-packed iPad Pro 10.5 is a win­ner, writes Izwan Is­mail

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IHARDLY travel with my lap­top nowa­days. The rea­sons in­clude its huge form fac­tor, even the “small” 12-inch size. It just takes up much space in my bag. With ad­vance­ments in tablet tech­nol­ogy, such as a faster pro­ces­sor that can match those of lap­tops,light­ness in weight, bet­ter screen res­o­lu­tion, big stor­age, cam­era, long bat­tery life and, most im­por­tantly, a won­der­ful app ecosys­tem, my pref­er­ence for on-the-go en­ter­tain­ment and pro­duc­tiv­ity de­vices has changed to tablets.

One of the ad­vanced tablets in the mar­ket to­day is the iPad Pro 10.5 inch, which was made avail­able here re­cently.

This is the sec­ond gen­er­a­tion the iPad Pro, and it in­cludes the 12.9-inch model.

FIRST IM­PRES­SION

At 10.5-inch, this iPad Pro is the per­fect size for a tablet. It is big enough for view­ing con­tent like videos and pho­tos.

Any­thing smaller may be too small for a tablet. If it is larger — de­spite bet­ter view­ing — it may not be travel-friendly.

Com­pared to the 9.7-inch iPad, both may look the same. How­ever, for this iPad Pro, Ap­ple has made the dis­play larger by re­duc­ing the bezel by 40 per cent, and main­tain­ing the 469 grammes weight.

The cur­rent gen­er­a­tion of iPad Pro has pow­er­ful spec­i­fi­ca­tions, such as the A10X six-core pro­ces­sor and a 12-core graphic pro­cess­ing unit (GPU), sup­port HDR video with a 120-Hz re­fresh rate.

They also come with a True Tone tech­nol­ogy dis­play which is 50 per cent brighter than ear­lier mod­els.

The Ap­ple Pen­cil and the key­board make the iPad Pro an al­ter­na­tive to lap­tops.

FEA­TURES

Ap­ple has looked into mak­ing the tablet a nat­u­ral ex­pe­ri­ence.

For ex­am­ple, the True Tone tech­nol­ogy in the iPad Pro makes read­ing eas­ier, by mim­ick­ing a light source.

Your eyes quickly feel tired or be­come wa­tery af­ter a while in front of the com­puter screen.

But by turn­ing on the True Tone fea­ture in the dis­play set­ting, the screen fol­lows the colours of the lights sur­round­ing you.

Take­white pa­per and put it un­der a white or yel­low light, and you’ll see how the sur­face colour changes be­cause of the light re­flec­tion.

And in the True Tone mode, the iPad Pro screen ad­justs the screen dis­play tone and bright­ness so that it will be easy on the eyes.

DIS­PLAY AND SOUND

Let’s move to dis­play, whichis the most im­por­tant fea­ture of a tablet, not just for the iPad Pro.

When us­ing a de­vice, all ac­tiv­i­ties re­volve around the screen.

The iPad Pro screen comes with a slightly higher 2,224 x 1,668 pixel res­o­lu­tion com­pared to the pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tion of iPad, with the in­tro­duc­tion of Pro­Mo­tion tech­nol­ogy.

The re­fresh rate of the screen is boosted to 120 frames per sec­ond (120Hz), dou­ble the usual stan­dard in most smart­phones and tablets.

How­ever, the screen re­fresh rate is not fixed at 120Hz all the time, as this will drain the bat­tery.

It varies be­tween 24Hz and 120Hz, de­pend­ing on the dis­play.

If it is a static pic­ture, the re­fresh rate is 24Hz and if it is the fast-mov­ing graph­ics of ac­tion games, the re­fresh rate goes up to 120Hz.

When it comes to sound re­pro­duc­tion, the new iPad Pro pro­duces crisp sur­round sound.

The four for­ward-fac­ing in­ter­nal speak­ers, which sit at each cor­ner of the tablet, do what they are sup­posed to do.

A pic­ture taken with the iPad Pro.

The bat­tery is sur­pris­ingly good. A full charge on standby can last a week.

CAM­ERA

While peo­ple don’t use the tablet for tak­ing pic­tures, the one on the iPad Pro may make them change their minds.

This is be­cause the 12-megapixel cam­era set-up is the same as the one in iPhone 7.

This re­sults in images with sim­i­lar qual­ity — if not bet­ter — than the iPhone 7. It will be even bet­ter if Ap­ple had at­tached the dual-lens cam­era like the one in iPhone 7 Plus.

The front cam­era fea­tures a sev­en­megapixel cam­era, which is more than ad­e­quate for self­ies/we­fies and video calls.

AP­PLI­CA­TIONS

What drives a tablet like the iPad Pro is the app eco-sys­tem and the spe­cific apps de­signed for it such as the Affin­ity Photo, Pro­cre­ate and Pa­per.

The Ap­ple Pen­cil, which is a dig­i­tal sty­lus, makes us­ing the iPad Pro a pleas­ant ex­pe­ri­ence.

The iPad Pro with the Ap­ple Pen­cil and Smart Key­board

De­signed like a pen­cil, and works like one, it is a great ac­ces­sory for jot­ting down notes on apps like Notes, but this pen­cil is also great for draw­ing.

The thick­ness of the lines can be ad­justed by select­ing the var­i­ous types of pen­cils avail­able and, just like writ­ing on a piece of pa­per, the more the pres­sure you put on the pen­cil, the darker the lines.

As for cre­ativ­ity apps Affin­ity Photo, Pro­cre­ate and even the sim­ple Snapseed, us­ing the pen­cil will give a more ac­cu­rate touch to your art­work.

The apps make this tablet a pow­er­ful de­vice.

Be­sides the Ap­ple Pen­cil, the iPad Pro smart key­board gives users the abil­ity to type like they do on a stan­dard PC key­board or lap­top. Al­though a bit small, typ­ing on it feels nat­u­ral.

Ap­ple also has made avail­able a stylish leather sleeve for users to se­cure the iPad Pro and Ap­ple Pen­cil.

The iPad Pro will be­come more pow­er­ful when Ap­ple in­tro­duces iOS 11 later this year.

It’s a frame­work that al­lows de­vel­op­ers Work­ing with the Ap­ple Pen­cil can re­sult in de­light­ful out­comes.

to eas­ily cre­ate un­par­al­lelled aug­mented re­al­ity ex­pe­ri­ences for the iPhone and iPad.

By blend­ing dig­i­tal ob­jects and in­for­ma­tion with the en­vi­ron­ment around you, ARKit takes apps be­yond the screen to in­ter­act with the real world in new ways, like

CON­CLU­SION

If you’re look­ing for a pro­duc­tiv­ity de­vice that matches your lap­top, then the iPad Pro should be on your pri­or­ity list. The iPad Pro 10.5-inch is avail­able from RM2,999, while the 12.9-inch ver­sion is priced from RM3,499. They are avail­able in sil­ver, space gray, gold and rose gold.

The Ap­ple Pen­cil costs RM449 while the Ap­ple Smart Key­board is avail­able at RM699 for the 10.5-inch ver­sion and RM749 for the 12.9-inch.

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